First Name
Last Name
Van Raamsdonk
Office Room
Hennings 420
Tel (Office)
(604) 822-2136

Students Wanted

Bachelor's Degree
UBC,1995,BSc, Combined Honours Mathematics and Physics

Master's Degree
Princeton, 1997, MSc in Physics

Doctoral Degree
Princeton, 2000, PhD in Theoretical Physics

Employment History

Stanford University Postdoctoral Fellow 09/2000-08/2002

Assistant Prof. / Canada Research Chair 08/15/2002-06/30/2007

Associate Prof. / Canada Research Chair 07/01/2007-06/30/2013

Professor 07/01/13-


UBC Killam Faculty Research Award 2016

Simons Investigator in Physics, 2015-2020

CAP/CRM Medal in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics, 2014

First Prize, Gravity Research Foundation Essay Competition, 2010

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, 2005-2009

Canada Research Chair (Govt. of Canada), 2002-2012


Research Area
Particle & Nuclear Physics

Research Field
String Theory, Quantum Field Theory, Quantum Gravity


In my research, I work towards a better theoretical understanding of elementary particle physics, classical and quantum gravity, and cosmology. Most of my research has focused on string theory, quantum field theory, and the remarkable equivalence between the two suggested by gauge theory/ gravity duality (a.k.a. the AdS/CFT correspondence). Currently, I am exploring connections between quantum information theory and quantum gravity.

Selected Publications

T Faulkner, FM Haehl, E Hijano, O Parrikar, C Rabideau, M Van Raamsdonk,

Nonlinear Gravity from Entanglement in Conformal Field Theories

arXiv preprint arXiv:1705.03026 3 2017


N Lashkari, J Lin, H Ooguri, B Stoica, M Van Raamsdonk,

Gravitational positive energy theorems from information inequalities

Progress of Theoretical and Experimental Physics 2016 (12) 20 2016


M Van Raamsdonk

Lectures on gravity and entanglement

New Frontiers in Fields and Strings: TASI 2015Proceedings of the 2015 ... 11 2016


S Leutheusser, M Van Raamsdonk,

Tensor network models of unitary black hole evaporation

arXiv preprint arXiv:1611.08613 1 2016


MJS Beach, J Lee, C Rabideau, M Raamsdonk

Entanglement entropy from one-point functions in holographic states

Journal of High Energy Physics 2016 (6), 1-29


Nima Lashkari, Mark Van Raamsdonk, “Canonical Energy is Quantum Fisher Information,”  26 pp., 

e-Print: arXiv:1508.00897, JHEP 04 (2016) 153


M. Rangamani, M. Rozali and M. Van Raamsdonk, “Cosmological Particle Production at Strong Coupling,” JHEP 1509, 213 (2015) JHEP 09 (2015) 213 [arXiv:1505.03901 [hep-th]].


 N.Lashkari, C.Rabideau, P.Sabella-Garnier and M.Van Raamsdonk,

“Inviolable energy conditions from entanglement inequalities,” arXiv:1412.3514, JHEP  1506, 067 (2015)


B.Swingle and M.Van Raamsdonk,”Universality of Gravity from Entanglement,”

  arXiv:1405.2933 [hep-th], submitted to JHEP


“Gravitation from Entanglement in Holographic CFTs,” Thomas Faulkner, Monica Guica, Thomas Hartman, Robert C. Myers, Mark Van Raamsdonk, Published in JHEP 1403 (2014) 051 , e-Print: arXiv:1312.7856 [hep-th]


“Gravitational Dynamics From Entanglement "Thermodynamics"”, Nima Lashkari, Michael B. McDermott, Mark Van Raamsdonk, arXiv:1308.3716, accepted for publication in JHEP


“Evaporating Firewalls,” Mark Van Raamsdonk, arXiv:1307.1796 [hep-th], submitted to JHEP


“Energy trapping from Hagedorn densities of states,” Connor Behan, Klaus Larjo, Nima Lashkari, Brian Swingle, Mark Van Raamsdonk, JHEP 1310 (2013) 063, e-Print: arXiv:1304.7275


B. Czech, J. Karczmarek, F. Noguiera, M. Van Raamsdonk, ``Rindler Quantum Gravity,’’ arXiv:1206.1323 [hep-th],  Class.Quant.Grav. 29 (2012) 235025 


B. Czech, J. Karczmarek, F. Noguiera, M. Van Raamsdonk, ``The Gravity Dual of a Density Matrix,’’ Class.Quant.Grav. 29 (2012) 155009 , arXiv:1204.1330 [hep-th]


V. Balasubramanian, M. B. McDermott and M. Van Raamsdonk, “Momentum-space entanglement and renormalization in quantum field theory”, arXiv 1108:3568, Phys.Rev. D86 (2012) 045014


M. Van Raamsdonk, “A patchwork description of dual spacetimes in AdS/CFT,” Class. Quant. Grav. 28, 065002 (2011)


D. Marolf, M. Rangamani, M. Van Raamsdonk, “Holographic models of de Sitter QFTs,” Class. Quant. Grav. 28, 105015 (2011). [arXiv:1007.3996 [hep-th]]


J. L. Davis, T. S. Levi, M. Van Raamsdonk, K. R. L. Whyte, “Twisted Inflation,” JCAP 1009, 032 (2010). [arXiv:1004.5385 [hep-th]].


“Building up spacetime from quantum entanglement,” Mark Van Raamsdonk, arXiv:1005.3053, Gen.Rel.Grav. 42 (2010) 2323-2329


“Comments on Quantum Gravity and Entanglement,” M. Van Raamsdonk, arXiv:0907.2939


“Twisted Inflation,” Joshua Davis, Thomas Levi, Mark Van Raamsdonk, and Kevin Whyte, arXiv: 1004.5385, JCAP 1009 (2010) 032


 “M2-branes on M-folds"

J. Distler, S. Mukhi, C. Papageorgakis and M. Van Raamsdonk

JHEP 0805, 038 (2008) [arXiv:0804.1256 [hep-th]]


“Comments on the Bagger-Lambert theory and multiple M2-branes," M. Van Raamsdonk

JHEP 0805, 105 (2008) [arXiv:0803.3803 [hep-th]]


 “Black Hole Dynamics From Atmospheric Science” M. Van Raamsdonk, JHEP 0805, 106 (2008) [arXiv:0802.3224 [hep-th]]


M. Rozali, H. H. Shieh, M. Van Raamsdonk and J. Wu, ``Cold Nuclear Matter In Holographic QCD,'' arXiv:0708.1322,  JHEP 0801, 053 (2008)


Aharony, O., Marsano, J., Minwalla, S., Papadodimas, K. and Van Raamsdonk, M., "The Hagedorn/Deconfinement Phase Transition in Weakly Coupled Large N Gauge Theories," hep-th/0310285, 90 pages, Adv.Theor.Math.Phys.8:603-696,2004 


Maldacena, J., Sheikh-Jabbari, M. M. and Van Raamsdonk, M., "Transverse fivebranes in matrix theory," JHEP 0301, 038 (2003), hep-th/0211139, 21 pages


Dasgupta, K., Sheikh-Jabbari, M. M. and Van Raamsdonk, M., "Matrix perturbation theory for M-theory on a PP-wave," JHEP 0205, 056 (2002), hep-th/0205185, 54 pages


Van Raamsdonk, M., "The meaning of infrared singularities in noncommutative gauge theories," JHEP 0111, 006 (2001), hep-th/0110093, 15 pages


Minwalla, S., Van Raamsdonk, M. and Seiberg, N., "Noncommutative Perturbative Dynamics", JHEP 02, 020 (2000), hep-th/9912072, 34 pages


Taylor, W. and Van Raamsdonk, M., "Multiple Dp-branes in Weak Background Fields", Nucl. Phys. B573 (2000) 703-734, hep-th/9910052.


Taylor, W. and Van Raamsdonk, M. "Multiple D0-branes in Weakly Curved Backgrounds", Nucl. Phys. B558 (1999) 63-95, hep-th/9904095.